Calories Burned for Common Activities
(per pound/per minute)

For each activity, multiply your exact weight by the number in the per pound column, multiply by the number of minutes in that activity. For example, a 162 lb. person mowing a lawn burns .051 calories per pound or 8.26 calories a minute. In a 45 minute session, this person would burn 372 calories. The same person, sitting in front of the TV for 45 minutes, burns less than 66 calories. Figures are shown for a few weight levels, but you can easily calculate your exact rate. As you can see, body weight determines the number of calories burned; be cautious of any device or chart that does not use weight as a factor.
  Calories Burned per Minute
Activity per lb 130 lb 150 lb 180 lb 210 lb
Sitting still .009 1.17 1.35 1.62 1.83
Cooking .022 2.86 3.30 3.96 4.62
Raking leaves, carpentry .025 3.25 3.75 4.50 5.25
Grocery shopping, fishing .028 3.64 4.20 5.04 5.88
Weeding .033 4.29 4.95 5.95 6.93
Walking on a sidewalk .036 4.68 5.40 6.48 7.56
Golf .038 4.94 5.70 6.84 7.98
Weight training .042 5.46 6.30 7.36 8.82
Bicycling 9.5 mph .045 5.85 6.75 8.10 9.45
Mowing the lawn .051 6.63 7.65 9.18 10.71
Swimming fast .075 9.75 11.25 13.50 15.75
Running (9-minute mile) .087 11.31 13.05 15.66 18.27
Running (6-minute mile) .115 14.95 17.25 20.70 24.15
Source: National Dietary Research, Washington, D.C.

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